The Cayman Islands will once again have representation at the Feria Juniana Carnival this weekend in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
It has been over a decade since the delegation known simply as the ‘Cayman Islands Band’ made its first appearance on the Honduras carnival circuit. After the inaugural trip to La Ceiba, the group gained popularity and began receiving invitations to attend other carnivals held in the outer cities of Honduras.
Griscela Ebanks, who along with her team has been arranging the trip every year for 16 years, said carnival organisers in San Pedro Sula saw the Cayman Islands Band in La Ceiba and in an effort to grow their event, invited the delegation to attend.
“The Cayman Islands Band receives quite a bit of coverage on live TV and has even been highlighted online and in local newspapers for its unique blend of pirate and carnival characters,” said Ebanks. “The exposure is vast, nationally and internationally.”
This is the fourth year that Pirates Week General Manager Melanie McField will be attending. With Saturday’s Feria Juniana estimated to have around 400,000 spectators, she explained the benefits of having a presence in the Central American Carnival.
“Latin America is a growing audience for our tourism product and with direct airlift to the area, we are seeing more interest in travel to the Cayman Islands reciprocated for Pirates Week and the local carnivals,” said McField.
The 20-member delegation, leaving on Friday, includes award-winning costume designer Reba Dilbert; Darvin Ebanks, captain of the Bloody Bay Buccaneers; Orneil Galbraith, captain of the Las Tortugas Pirate Krewe; Radio Cayman’s DJ Silver Fox, Paul Akal; Pirates Week Festival staff and other revellers.
The Cayman Islands Band also made an appearance in this year’s Punta Cana Carnival in the Dominican Republic in February.
About Pirates Week
Pirates Week 2019 will start in Cayman Brac on 1 Nov., move on to Grand Cayman on 7 Nov. and finish up in Little Cayman on 17 Nov.
The Grand Cayman festival starts with a happy hour and kick-off party on Thursday 7 Nov. and on Friday night, the festival goes off with a bang with a firework display.
Throughout the Pirates Week festivities, the individual districts will get their spot in the limelight. Over the span of five days, each district in Grand Cayman will celebrate the aspects that make them so unique.
2019 District Days will be held between 12 and 16 Nov. and are as follows:
- Tuesday, 12 Nov. – East End
- Wednesday, 13 Nov. – West Bay
- Thursday, 14 Nov. – North Side
- Friday, 15 Nov. – Bodden Town
- Saturday, 16 Nov. – George Town
For more information, contact Lori at 949‑5078 or email [email protected]